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STS Colloquium - Databases and Politics: Some lessons from doing South Asian STS

Description: Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the first STS colloquium speaker of the semester!

Our guest, Dr. Kavita Philip is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. Kavita is author of Civilizing Natures (2004), and co-editor of the volumes Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (with Monshipouri, Englehart, and Nathan, 2003), Multiple Contentions (with Skotnes, 2003), Homeland Securities (with Reilly and Serlin, 2005), and Tactical Biopolitics (with da Costa, 2008). Her research interests are in transnational histories of science and technology; feminist technocultures; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory. Her work in progress includes a monograph entitled Proper Knowledge, and a co-authored book with Terry Harpold entitled Going Native: Cyberculture and Postcolonialism.

The details of Dr. Philip's talk are below:

STS Colloquium
(jointly sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies, Women Studies and the College)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Rodman Room (next to A206 in Thornton Hall)

Speaker: Kavita Philip (University of California, Irvine)

Databases and Politics: Some lessons from doing South Asian STS

Why look at science, technology and postcolonialism? Is Indian technological modernity a good model for thinking these together? What might it mean to think South Asian studies (and, in general, Area Studies) together with Technology Studies? India is only one among many possible spaces from which to theorize; but the issues of postcolonial technopolitics that are emerging across the postcolonial world are of central and practical importance to a range of concerns that cut across global institutionalized forms of the humanities & the social, computational and natural sciences.There are powerful resonances, in secular modernizing India, between the buzzwords of technological innovation and conventional modes of representing religion, nation, nature, and gender. Recognizing that we are immersed in an assemblage that calls for the development of new forms of interdisciplinarity, this paper seeks to articulate a framework through which we might interrogate the constitutive intersectionality of technoscience, postcolonialism, and lived histories of difference.


This event is also being sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies, Women Studies and the College.
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Location: Rodman Room, Thornton A-Wing
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Gordon (Dave) Saunders
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:34pm GMT